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Pat Shingleton: A Cough, A Sneeze, A Hurricane

10 months ago Saturday, May 31, 2014 1:43:20 PM CDT May 31, 2014 Saturday, May 31 2014 May 31, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column

As we find ways to keep cool, we're also preparing for Hurricane Season. Our special, Weathering the Storm 2014, airs tonight at 6:00 on WBRZ. A human cough creates a 300 mile per hour wind gust. No. 2 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale is a sneeze at 75 to 100 miles per hour. As noted in a previous column, imagine taking a nine-pound, 2-by-4 and firing it 34 mph into a window simulating the effects of a hurricane on coastal structures. Much of the building damage during a hurricane is caused by window and door failure. When hurricane-force winds blow through a home, walls and roofs are forced out, collapsing the structure. Re-designed windows now have a plastic interlayer between two sheets of glass.

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